The Bowtie Connection is one of the lowriding industry leaders in car restoration and the South Bay shop seems to be at it again with its latest creation, “El Greengo,” a full-custom ’62 Chevy Impala convertible. The ragtop belongs to shop owner John Kennedy who’s been known to build some of SouthSide C.C.’s baddest rides and this vehicle is no exception.
With a winning crew of car builders, the Bowtie Connection treated this vehicle as if it were a customer car. The frame-off restoration featured a new ZZ4 350-c.i.d. engine and Turbo 350 transmission combination. The new drivetrain made this Impala ride as if it were a newer car than the stock “grandma car” that it use to be when John purchased it from a little old lady.
The frame-off project took about three months to complete from start to finish. The build started off like any other; after disassembly the vehicle was sandblasted and left in metal, ready to be redone. The upholstery was refurbished and made like new. While the interior was being worked on, the wiring was upgraded to support the power that the new car audio system would require.
While the project was being coordinated, John made a few calls to his buddies at Enzo Wheels, where A.J. built a custom set of wire wheels to complement the vehicle. The ’62 was assembled with new parts from CARS, Inc. of Fullerton, California. Whatever was not replaced with new parts was refurbished through the shop’s connections until all of the parts were better than new. “Mark the Glass Man” installed the new glass that stands out from the green canvas top.
With a crew that includes Mike Lopez, Huey, “Little Fuzz Bucket” Villagrana and Freddy Rivera, no job is too small or too big for the Bowtie Connection crew. With a new lowriding season just getting started, we got to see what else this shop is going to break out.
|Vehicle:||’62 Chevrolet Impala convertible|
|City/State:||San Pedro, California|
|Engine/Drivetrain:||2003 Chevrolet ZZ4 small-block 350-c.i.d. engine that produces 355 horsepower. The engine was candy painted and dressed up in street and performance accessories that include chrome pulleys, brackets, alternator and air conditioning pump. For shifting, a new 350 Turbo transmission was bolted up to spin the telescopic driveshaft that powers the shortened rearend.|
|Body/Paint:||The whole car was taken down to metal and built back up in etch primer and filler primer. After several hours of blocking by Jose, the car was ready to be painted in House of Kolor materials. Willie Olea of Bowtie Body Shop of San Pedro spent some 200 man-hours laying out the blue base graphics. The “belly” of the vehicle was molded smooth and it also sports graphics by Willie and pinstriping by Angelo that are complemented by Abel’s murals that were airbrushed on the molded and smoothed-out frame.|
|Interior:||A custom interior was built from scratch to match the exterior by Freddy Rivera of the Bowtie Connection.|
|Sound System:||“Happy” installed an Alpine head unit that’s powered by Rockford Fosgate amplifiers and can be heard through MB Quart midrange speakers and JL Audio subwoofers.|
|Setup:||The suspension was first upgraded with molded A-arms and trailing arms by Homies Hydraulics. The lower trailing arms feature power balls for a coil-over style hydraulic system. A chrome ABS 10-inch front and rear disc brake conversion kit help stop the vehicle. For better turning and handling, an ABS chrome 605 gear box was used for the steering. Two Homies Hydraulics aluminum custom pumps that feature a unique U-shape whammy tank were installed. Three Adex square dumps were used for accuracy and precision control. Power for the setup is provided by eight Interstate 31-series batteries.|
|Wheels:||A.J. at Enzo had the custom 13×7 Bowtie wires done in a candy green finish.|